President Benigno Aquino 3rd will mark Independence Day in Sta. Barbara town, Iloilo, where the Philippine flag was raised outside Luzon for the first time in 1898.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the Independence Day activities will be held in Sta. Barbara town where the Philippine flag was raised outside Luzon for the first time.
“The celebration will be in Sta. Barbara because there was an important historical event in that town,” Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.
Sta. Barbara town is widely believed to have flown the first Philippine flag outside of Luzon after Spanish colonialism came to an end in 1898.The town then became the base of the Revolution forces.
The event in Iloilo follows Aquino’s own practice of visiting various regions for June 12 celebrations – a breakaway from tradition followed by past presidents, who commemorated the day in Rizal Park.
Aquino has yet to celebrate Independence Day at the Rizal Park.
Last year, Aquino led celebrations in Naga City, Camarines Sur, in honor of the 15 martyrs from Bicol who died fighting for independence.
In 2013, the President marked the event in Liwasang Bonifacio, while in 2012, he went to Malolos, Bulacan where the 1898 constitutional convention was held.
Aquino’s first Independence Day celebration was in Kawit, Cavite.
In Iloilo, Aquino will inspect the restoration of the Santa Barbara Church and convent, which served as the general headquarters and military hospital of the Visayan revolutionary forces in the late 1800s.